Oberlin Professor’s Antisemitic Rhetoric Part of a Campus Trend
Oberlin College professor Joy Karega has posted numerous antisemitic sentiments on her personal Facebook page, including claims that Jews or Israelis were behind the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — and that they control most of the world, reports The Tower.
Karega, an assistant professor of Rhetoric and Composition, even blamed the Israelis and the Mossad, Israel’s national intelligence agency, for orchestrating the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks in Paris, and even for creating ISIS itself. Shortly after the January 2015 attacks, Karega shared a picture that explicitly suggested the Mossad was behind the attacks in order to prevent France from supporting the Palestinians.
“This ain’t even hard. They unleashed Mossad on France and it’s clear why,” wrote Karega in her status associated with the picture.
The professor also claimed that ISIS was not Islamic and that the terrorist organization is a product of “a CIA and Mossad operation…”
Moreover, Karega shared a blog post that featured a video speech by Louis Farrakhan, the radical Nation of Islam leader who is notorious for his antisemitic views. In the video, Farrakhan states that it “is now becoming apparent that there were many Israeli and Zionist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attack.”
“Farrakhan is truth-telling in this video,” writes Karega.
She shared other antisemitic posts suggesting that Jews rule the world and run the US government. One post features a photo of Jacob Rothschild and text that reads: “We own nearly every central bank in the world. We financed both sides of every war since Napoleon. We own your news, the media, your oil and your government.”
The professor even took issue with a report concerning the Obama administration granting $12 million to Holocaust survivors.
“One of these days some of My Peoples gonna learn who ALL American presidents work for and why they are chosen and placed in office.”
A closer look at Karega’s “Writing for Social Justice” fall syllabus reveals several problematic required readings. Some of the titles include, “Cowardly, Hypocritical, Subservient Congressional Black Caucus Endorses Israeli Apartheid and Current War Crimes in Gaza” and “How Today’s Liberal Zionists Echo Apartheid South Africa’s Defenders.”
Oberlin College officials do not appear to have reacted to this professor’s consistent stream of conspiracy theories involving Jews.
The exposure of Karega’s extremist posts comes amid rising concern that Jewish students at the Oberlin campus are subject to increasing antisemitism. In contrast, Connecticut College Professor Andrew Pessin was forced to take a leave of absence nearly a year ago based on one Facebook post that was twisted out of context.
In an open letter to the Oberlin administration, a student-led group dedicated to combating antisemitism at the college outlined various antisemitic incidents that have occurred on campus.
In a separate piece, George Mason University Law Professor David Bernstein cited the example of an Oberlin alumna who recounted how various students on campus dismissed the Holocaust as “white on white crime.”
Steven Emerson is the Executive Director the Investigative Project on Terrorism (www.investigativeproject.org) where this article first appeared.